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11 really fun things to do in Victoria

A pocket-sized combination of Seattle and Vancouver, Victoria is a dash of Jolly Olde England washed with westcoast flair and we’re all for it. Situated on the southern tip of the 460-kilometer long Vancouver Island, this community of about 350,000 is a scenic float or flight over on one of the many scheduled ferry and flight services in the area. Yes, you can take a day trip here but a longer stay will yield plenty of pleasant distractions, affording you the chance to properly experience all the very best things to do in Victoria, from a visit to manicured parks and excellent brewpubs to national historic sites and, of course, a lot of eating within the best restaurants in town. For reasons made apparent upon your arrival (and that will make you never want to leave), the town is also known as the City of Gardens. What are you waiting for? It’s time to run to Victoria! Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 21 best restaurants in Victoria

Victoria’s restaurants are, in a single word, diverse. Wide-ranging in style, price and culinary tradition, they’re at their best when showcasing regional seafood, local produce and each chef’s creativity. From traditional favourites like fish and chips to high-end fusion featuring Humboldt squid and nettle foam, dining in Victoria reflects the kind of commitment to fresh, local and sustainable food that’s pretty much a lifestyle around these parts. The city’s Asian communities are represented by numerous spots for sushi, noodles and curry, while local microbrewery offerings bubble from the taps pretty much everywhere. Food trucks fill in the gaps, typically gathering at locations like the Royal BC Museum (on our list of best things to do in town) and Camosun College for on-the-go eats like gourmet risotto balls, grilled cheese and Buddha bowls. Without further ado, here are the best restaurants in Victoria.